Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 3
UPDATE: Steve Kunselman lost to incumbent Zach Ackerman in the Aug. 8 primary. Ackerman prevailed with 53.73% of the vote compared to 45.98% for Kunselman. Ackerman will advance to the Nov. 7 general election. Click here for all election results.
Steve Kunselman is an Energy Conservation Liaison for the University of Michigan, handling outreach and communications for the Planet Blue Operations Team. He served on the Ann Arbor City Council representing Ward 3 until November 2015. That year he was defeated by Zach Ackerman in the Democratic primary. He faces Ackerman again this year on Aug. 8.
Kunselman previously served four two-year terms on council representing Ward 3. He was first elected in 2006. When he ran for re-election in 2008, he was defeated in the Democratic primary by Christopher Taylor. A year later, in the 2009 Democratic primary, Kunselman beat incumbent Leigh Greden. Kunselman was re-elected in 2011 and 2013. In 2014 he ran for mayor, coming in third in the August 2014 Democratic primary with less than 17% of the vote.
Before serving on city council, Kunselman had served on the Ann Arbor Planning Commission from 2004-2008. His service on city boards, committee and commissions, by virtue of his city council position, included stints on the Taxicab Board, Brownfield Review Committee, Labor Committee, Housing Board of Appeals, and Audit Committee. He also has served on the Environmental Commission, Park Advisory Commission and Housing Commission.
Kunselman has stated that his current priorities on council would be the public’s health, safety and welfare; advocating for open and transparent government; funding of the city's parks system; and rebuilding of the public safety department.
Kunselman is married to Letitia Kunselman, a teacher. They have four children from their previous marriages. Their home is in southeast Ann Arbor, near the Mary Beth Doyle Park southwest of Packard and Platt.
Kunselman's campaign treasurer is Bob Cain, a retired real estate agent.
Steve Kunselman: In The News
Ackerman defeats Kunselman to win 3rd Ward Ann Arbor council race – MLive, Aug. 8, 2017
Ann Arbor City Council incumbents face slate of anti-high-rise challengers – Michigan Radio, Aug. 7, 2017
City Council elections to take place Tuesday (Roundup of races) – Michigan Daily, Aug. 7, 2017
What should Ann Arbor be doing to fight climate change? – MLive, Aug. 7, 2017
Campaign finance reports show political alliances in Ann Arbor races – MLive, Aug. 1, 2017
Ann Arbor's gentrification becomes a City Council election issue – MLive, July 28, 2017
Ann Arbor council candidates greeted by protesters at Dems forum – MLive, July 26, 2017
3rd Ward Ann Arbor council candidates weigh in on city issues, taxes – MLive, July 11, 2017
League of Women Voters Ward 3 Candidate Forum – Community Television Network, July 10, 2017
Candidate Comment: Steve Kunselman (video) – Community Television Network, July 7, 2017
Stephen Kunselman seeking return to Ann Arbor City Council – MLive, April 17, 2017
Former council member running to regain council seat – Michigan Daily, April 16, 2017
Former Ann Arbor councilman was confined to Turkish hotel during attempted coup d'etat – MLive, July 16, 2017
Stephen Kunselman's last Ann Arbor council meeting (video) – MLive, Nov. 6, 2015
Stephen Kunselman faces Zachary Ackerman in final City Council run – MLive, July 29, 2015
Ann Arbor Democratic Party candidate forum (video) – June 13, 2015
Ann Arbor official says he'll propose "tiny houses" as affordable housing option – Michigan Radio, June 2, 2015
Homeless community launching recall campaign against Ann Arbor council member – MLive, Dec. 2, 2014
Four for Mayor: The candidates to succeed John Hieftje have very different visions of the city – Ann Arbor Observer, August 2014
Mayoral candidate profile: Stephen Kunselman proud to be an Ann Arbor 'townie' – MLive, July 23, 2014
Live Mayoral Forum – Affordable Housing: Stephen Kunselman, Sabra Briere, Christopher Taylor, Sally Petersen field questions on homelessness, other housing issues – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, July 15, 2014
Chamber Forum – Ann Arbor Mayoral Race: Candidates Taylor, Petersen, Kunselman and Briere field questions from A2Y Regional Chamber members on infrastructure, transit, parks, income tax, regionalism and more – The Ann Arbor Chronicle, June 28, 2014
10 questions for Ann Arbor City Council Member Stephen Kunselman – AnnArbor.com, Jan. 27, 2010